->''"Be careful. You know guys from the suburbs have no compassion."''
->''"Thatís what I want. No compassion."''

''Intouchables'', the most successful French comedy film of 2011 and the second most successful ever, depicts one very unorthodox patient/nurse relationship. BasedOnATrueStory.

Meet Driss (Creator/OmarSy) --young, obnoxious, shamelessly living on welfare and freshly back on the street after six months spent... [[{{Prison}} elsewhere]]. With little ambition and even fewer employment prospects, he crashes a job interview for the position of stay-at-home nurse for a wealthy tetraplegic aristocrat, simply wanting them to acknowledge his attendance and rejection so he can remain on benefits.

But when Philippe (François Cluzet), the tetraplegic in question, takes a shine to Driss' [[BrutalHonesty blunt and pitiless demeanour]] in front of him and his bedside manners that would make [[{{House}} Gregory House]] proud, he decides to hire Driss on trial, betting that "he won't last two weeks".


Creator/TheWeinsteinCompany, which distributed it in the US with less than memorable results[[note]] less than 19000 spectators, vs over 19 million in Europe[[/note]] is said to be preparing an [[ForeignRemake americanized remake]] titled ''Untouchable''.
!! ''Intouchables'' contains examples of:

* BasedOnATrueStory: On Count Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and Abdel Sellou's.
* BeardOfSorrow: Philippe grows one after sending Driss away.
* BlackSheep: Driss.
* BlueBlood: Philippe.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Philippe's daughter.
* BrickJoke: After a lot of talk about ears being erogenous [[spoiler: we see the interviewer of the delivery company reaching for hers when Driss' comments amuse her.]]
* BrutalHonesty: Driss' shtick.
* CostumeTestMontage: Philippe, before going to his date.
* CulturedBadass: [[spoiler:Driss has become]] something of one towards the end.
** Philippe too. Both before and after the accident.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Both Driss and Philippe.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: Played straight with Driss, with [[spoiler:LesYay]] flavour. Subverted with Philippe, as he first refuses, then finally accepts to meet Eleonore at the end.
* DrivenToSuicide: Driss [[BrutalHonesty bluntly]] says that he'd be if he were in Philippe's place. Philippe [[LampshadeHanging instantly points out]] that he's in no condition to even end his life.
** Amusingly, this trope is later PlayedForLaughs [[spoiler: with Philippe's daughter]].
* DrJerk: Driss' replacement.
* DontYouDarePityMe: What makes Philippe want to hire Driss.
* EatingTheEyeCandy: Philippe's daughter does it when she passes next to a [[ShirtlessScene shirtless Driss]].
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: You know what kind of person Driss is just by his rather rude behaviour in the recruitment scene.
** Even earlier, in the first scene of the movie; Upon being pulled over for speeding, Driss deftly outwits the policemen by claiming that Philippe needs to get to the hospital, and Philippe [[MagnificentBastard even starts to convulse and foam at the mouth to prove it]]. Driss had earlier bet to Philippe that he could get a police escort to the hospital and he ''does'', and they drive victoriously along, all set to [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Earth, Wind & Fire's "September."]]
* FeetFirstIntroduction: When the camera pans over the men waiting for the job interview, it goes for their shoes. All highly polished, combined with ironed trousers... and then it reaches a pair of worn trainers, after which Driss is shown in establishing shot. With this simple trick audience knows how much he doesn't fit there.
* GilliganCut: More than once, Driss says there's no way he's doing something, only to end up doing it a few moments later.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Driss' affection toward Magalie, somewhat. He doesn't ''want'' her, though.
* HowWeGotHere
* IHaveManyNames: Driss is short for Idriss, but his birth name is Bacari. In addition, the man that inspired the character is actually called Abdel.
* [[ImportantHaircut Important Shaving]]: Philippe stops shaving (well, at least he didn't let anyone shave him) after [[spoiler:he sent Driss back]]. When they are back together, his unkempt beard is shaven by Driss.
** Part of the shaving is PlayedForLaughs, leaving Philippe with a few ridiculous moustaches.
* InnocentBigot: Driss, which is in no small part [[DontYouDarePityMe why Philippe hires him]]. Other assistants qualify as well, but they are plain jerks too unlike Driss.
* [[spoiler:IncompatibleOrientation]]: Driss and Magalie.
* JerkAss: The [[DrJerk nurse that replaces Driss]] qualifies, as well as Philippe's neighbors, who use Philippe's entry as their particular parking place despite parking being forbidden there.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Played with. Driss can put Gregory House to shame with his rude behaviour. On the other hand, he is a genuinely caring and charming person, whose sense of humour carries the whole film, and who takes a great deal of time and effort making people around him feel better. By ''any'' means necessary.
* LampshadeHanging: Quite a few. [[spoiler: And one averted.]]
* [[spoiler: LipstickLesbian]]: Magalie.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl / LoonyFriendsImproveYourPersonality: Driss to Philippe.
* NobleDemon / EthicalSlut: Driss.
* OddCouple: Eventually leading into
** OddFriendship
* PairTheSpares: [[spoiler:Yvonne and Albert, the gardener]]. It's even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Driss.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: While Philippe (obviously) remains a tetraplegic, his friendship with Driss gives him the will to have a less reclusive and more uplifting life.
* RaceLift: Driss, and by extension his family. The character is Senegalese in the film but the man that inspired him is an Algerian, Abdel Sellou.
* ScaryBlackMan: Taking into consideration his posture, strength and [[spoiler:being a former criminal, who still likes to carry a telescopic baton in his bag]], Driss does fit this trope nicely.
* SexySecretary: Magalie.
* SimplemindedWisdom / StreetSmart: Driss.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: [[spoiler:Subverted]]. Philippe tells Driss that he can see that him and Adama are brothers. [[spoiler: They are actually cousins.]]
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]], [[DiscussedTrope discussed]], and [[SubvertedTrope subverted]]. Driss doesn't really understand modern art, to the point where he heavily mocks it; then he tries his hand at abstract painting. He starts with the intent of making a mockery out of it, but the painting itself turns out quite profitable when Philippe sells it as the work of an "up-and-coming artist" - to [[MagnificentBastard mess with the snobby, snooty people he buys art from]].
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Driss is attracted to Magalie, Philippe's redheaded secretary.
* WorstAid: When Driss learns that Phillipe's daughter has attempted to commit suicide via Immodium, he jokes that next, she'll overdose on Tylenol. In actuality, Tylenol is very easy to overdose on. Twice the prescribed dosage can easily create irreversible liver damage in many people. Downing a larger amount can doom you to a slow and painful death, even if you seek medical aid immediately.